In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Ever Merciful.
Love for All, Hatred for None.
Summary of Friday Sermon
delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
December 16th, 2005
NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon
Huzuraba delivered this historic Friday Sermon from Qadian. He said it was with the grace of Allah and through His enabling alone that he was making the address from the beautiful and spiritually-charged hamlet (hometown) of the Promised Messiahas as his Khalifa and representative for the first time. The second noteworthy aspect of the sermon that was a source of delight and spiritual elation was that in the message of the Promised Messiahas being transmitted live from Qadian - via the sermon - for the first time on MTA, the revelation of the Promised Messiahas - “I will cause your message to reach the corners of the earth” – which has been fulfilled in many ways before, was being fulfilled with a new glory.
Huzuraba said the blessing of MTA was an endowment for the Community as a result of the prayers of the Promised Messiahas and that it was a magnificent realization of his prayers.
Huzuraba said since his arrival in India he was being asked about his feelings about visiting Qadian. Huzuraba said Qadian is the hometown of the Promised Messiahas and as such each Ahmadi has an exclusive and emotional affinity with it and as one gets nearer and closer to this place one’s emotions are heightened.
Huzuraba explained that the Promised Messiahas has taught us the ways and means to traverse the spiritual stages with reference to the spiritual connection an Ahmadi has with him. Observing the spiritually-charged atmosphere of Qadian Huzuraba remarked that most fortunate were the inhabitants of Qadian that they lived in a place where the streets once had the honour of the Promised Messiah’sas blessed feet walking on them.
Huzuraba mentioned and acknowledged the “dervishes” of Qadian who made great sacrifices, a few of these are still living although their lives are not active anymore. With reference to the ancestors of these indigenous inhabitants who made great sacrifices for this place as well as those who have settled here at a later stage – about whom Huzuraba said he had the favourable opinion that they had made the move for the love of the Promised Messiahas – Huzuraba enjoined that they should develop their spirituality to such an extent that it is evident.
It would be evident, Huzuraba said, if prayer and Istaghfar is made and sincere effort is made to bring about pure changes in oneself. These steps most certainly draw Allah’s grace; Allah enhances one in matters of faith as well as takes care of one’s needs of this world.
Huzuraba remarked that when one turns to Allah with absolute sincerity one’s worldly wishes diminish in any case. He related an incident where a life-devotee from Ghana once said to him that he found other life-devotees to be in a better financial situation than himself. Huzuraba said he told that person to engage in Istaghfar, as a result of him paying heed to Huzuraba’s advise not only did his worldly quest diminished rather his sense of sacrifice for others increased.
Re-iterating Huzuraba said that the measure of taqwa of people of Qadian should be such that those who move away from here visibly reflect the purity of the Promised Messiahas in their appearance, their demeanour and their piety of heart, that their manner clearly conveys that they hail from a spiritual environment. Huzuraba said the new converts who come to Qadian certainly look up to the model of the local people especially as they are the families of the esteemed elders.
Huzuraba said it is Allah’s help that we need to lessen the love of this world, to develop in our faith, to abide by Allah’s commandments and for every other task; he enjoined the prayer from Surah Al Fatihah (1:5) in order to seek these objectives.
Huzuraba said worship of God is conditional with one’s obligation to fulfil the rights of mankind and that we should be most alert not to let slip in these commitments. Huzuraba said we should all be heedful whether we are sincerely repentant after committing a mistake and do we really seek Allah’s help with sincere remorse. Huzuraba said at times people make mistakes and the system of the Community takes disciplinary action, afterwards they are pardoned. Some times the mistake is repeated and the disciplinary action is repeated. On occasion the situation gets complex and then the matter is left with God.
Huzuraba explained from this the world should not assume that God forbid there was something wrong in Qadian. He said in any society if there are only a few erroneous people it is more noticeable and he said that he believed in counsel ahead of time and does not believe that mistake should necessarily precede counsel.
Huzuraba said Qadian was replete with sincerity; however the more exposure it received the greater should be the measure of taqwa of its inhabitants.
Quoting from the extracts of the writings of the Promised Messiahas Huzuraba said Istaghfar is to make an entreaty to God that one’s human frailties are not exposed, that with His power God covers one’s natural faults and covers any sin that one might have committed; the essence of Istaghfar is to protect one from one’s natural shortcomings. The Promised Messiahas said “Istaghfar is to seek the beneficence of the Divine attribute of All-Subsisting and All-Sustaining God”.
Huzuraba prayed that may the inhabitant’s of Qadian thus seek Istaghfar and may they make entreaties to Him to accept their Istaghfar and to diminish the satanic inclinations of the nafs (self) and may our hearts and minds be perceptive to the message of the Promised Messiahas “So, arise and repent and please your Master with good works”.
In conclusion Huzuraba asked for prayers for the huge number of people who wish to go to Qadian because of his blessed presence there and have not yet obtained entry visas that they may obtain visas and may their pious wish to visit this pure hamlet be fulfilled. Huzuraba asked those who are seeking to travel to Qadian to pray for themselves as well.
Huzuraba also informed those travelling from the West to Qadian to come prepared for their basic needs, specially their bedding. Huzuraba said it gets cold in Qadian and arrangements on the scale that people in the West are used to cannot be met in Qadian. Once in India, Huzuraba also cautioned people about eating out as the meat served in dishes is not always halal and tayyab (clean, wholesome).
Huzuraba concluded with further prayers.